Your self-introduction is not only a chance to entertain and show students something about your home country. It is also a chance to open their minds to the idea of speaking English. After all, even in the first grade of junior high many students enter class with the belief that they can’t speak English — and possibly never will.
That’s why this year, in addition to handing out my comic which tells students how they can work with ALTs to improve their English, I’m going to try to show my students that English is a spoken language — not a dead one, only to be read and written — by having them do a little speaking themselves. I’m thinking that something as simple as having them walk around and introduce themselves to each other in English will go a long way.
Well, that’s what’s on my mind these days. How about you? What are your plans for your self-introduction this year?